Turkey-Armenia protocol was signed not by Turkish people, but Turkish government: Turkish opposition leader
The leader of opposition Turkish Republican People's Party, Deniz Baykal, said to press conference after a meeting with Azerbaijani MPs that the Turkey-Armenia protocol was signed not by Turkish people, but Turkish government, CNN Turk reported.
The opposition leader said that Azerbaijan assumes a great importance for Turkey and Turkey is always with Azerbaijan.
Turkish and Armenian Foreign Ministers, Ahmet Davutoglu and Edward Nalbandian signed the Ankara-Yerevan protocol in Zurich on Oct. 10.
Azerbaijani MPs, including Samad Seyidov, Nizami Jafarov, Ali Huseynov, Ganira Pashayeva, Mubariz Gurbanli, Fazil Gazanfaroglu, Akram Abdullayev, Gultakin Hajibeyli, Asef Hajiyev, Rovshan Rzayev and Fazail Agamali will hold several meetings in Ankara to discuss the situation.
Armenian-Turkish diplomatic ties have been severed due to Armenia's claims of an alleged genocide, and its occupation of Azerbaijani lands. Armenian economic-social state fell into decay because of bad relations with neighbors.
The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan. Armenian armed forces have occupied 20 percent of Azerbaijan since 1992, including the Nagorno-Karabakh region and 7 surrounding districts. Azerbaijan and Armenia signed a ceasefire agreement in 1994. The co-chairs of the OSCE Minsk Group - Russia, France, and the U.S. - are currently holding the peace negotiations.